The Something Wicked Film Festival (www.somethingwickedfilmfestival.com) is the first film festival of its kind in Lawrenceville, Georgia as it focuses on the films of animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction film makers. Located within the Southern Performing Arts Academy building (3315 Sugarloaf Pkwy SW, Ste 15, Lawrenceville, GA 30044) there will be two screening rooms for independent shorts & features and one room dedicated to panel discussions and workshops. This will be the inaugural event to what is planned on a yearly event.
The event will commence on Friday, August 12th with a networking event for filmmakers, sponsors, and special guests before our special musical guest Wicked Ways takes to the stage for a special performance for our attendees. Then filmmakers and the general public will be treated to the Opening Night Film All Hallow’s Evil: Lord of the Harvest – The Director’s Cut which will have its Festival Premiere and be followed by a Q&A with director Ron McLellen.
The full event will start on Saturday, August 13th and run until Sunday, August 14th when we will have our Awards Ceremony to end the event. Our Awards Ceremony celebrates the achievements of filmmakers in the animation, fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. Among the highlights of the films being screened are the World Premieres of The Dead Ride Fast (feature), Restricted Diet (short), Devil’s Work (short) and the “Pilot” episode of the web series Dawn of the Angels. We are hosting the Georgia Premiere of features The Hike, Human Resources, and Peelers and the shorts Legend of the Dark Rider, Mr. Dentonn, Little Boy Blue, Earworm and the animated Lights in the Attic, to name a few. We have a special Festival Premiere of paranormal documentary feature The Seekers: Investigating Southern Haunts, and the horror fan films Icons of Horror (from filmmaker Trent Duncan) and the triple feature of Halloween: Revenge of the Sandman (Michael Myers), TCM: New Blood (Leatherface) and The Man in the Lake (Jason Voorhees) all from Southlan-Films and director Ron McLellen.
Other highlight screenings during the festival are the features The Village of Middlevale, Mr. Lockjaw, Einstein’s God Model, Writer’s Cramp, and Legend of the Lich Lord. Some of the shorts screening are Echo, Awakenings, Agrinoui (animation), Passing, The Eve, Monster in the Wash, On Schedule (animation), Serial Date, and Dracula: Come Into the Night (live dance performance), to name a few.
We also have several special guests on hand to meet & greet fans and to participate in Q&As about their films and career. Included in this group is actress Lynn McArthur (of Celebrity Wife Swap, Swamp Murders, and Drop Dead Diva) who is promoting her films Primal (short), Atheist’s Dinner Party (short) and The Man in the Lake (feature). Also from AMC’s The Walking Dead are zombie favorites Sonya Thompson and Larry Mainland who have promoted the show at conventions across the United States since the show first hit the air. We will also have a special panel discussion with the cast and crew of the web series Dawn of the Angels, which will have its World Premiere on Sunday, August 14th. Horror fan film expert Trent Duncun’s Icons of Horror will also be getting a special screening on Saturday, August 13th; this film includes appearances from Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Ghostface Killer, Leatherface, and Ash (from The Evil Dead franchise) in a mash-up like none other. There will also be a live version of the podcast Monster Attack! with Jim Adams and special guest Kevin L. Powers (Festival Director).
There will be panel discussions and workshops throughout the event for those wanting to learn more about filmmaking from the people who actually made the films presented. This is also an alternative for audience members wanting to break up their film viewing with some informative once-in-a-lifetime conversations.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ticketsource.us/event/138488 and be purchased as Single Screening Ticket, Day Pass, or as a Weekend Pass. All tickets/passes allow you access to vendors and the Panel Discussion & Workshop room. Weekend Passes are good for all three days of the event including the Opening Night film whereas a single Day Pass is only good for the day for which it is purchased. Parking at the location is free and concessions will be sold at the venue even though there are several restaurants in walking distance and even more in quick driving distance. Although there are no hotels directly next to the venue there are several within a ten to fifteen-minute driving distance.
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